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  1. eapj
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    by eapj » Jan 14, 2019
    I heard about Provence Gems on Reddit and decided to check them out. I have been really happy with Tianyu but thought I’d try something different. This was a standard piece for them so I figured it would be a good one to start with.

    I have a platinum diamond band to go with my platinum moissanite solitaire but didn’t have a stone band to go with the yellow gold one. Enter this ring!

    My order was placed with Tina on 12/28 and arrived on 1/14. We first communicated via Alibaba chat but then moved to wechat. I paid via Alibaba which wasn’t difficult. With shipping, it was under $200 USD. I love it!

    Have others purchased from Provence? I know one PSer is waiting for a finished ring.

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  2. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Jan 14, 2019
    Really pretty! Love it with your solitaire and at that price you can't beat it!
     
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    by tonielle » Jan 15, 2019
    Looks great!!! I’m the one waiting for my final product from Provence. I got a quote from both Tianyu and SG for the same ring. Provence was nearly $300 less than both other companies!

    There is a member on reddit that has gotten many pieces done from them, some of them REALLY complex and detailed, and they’ve been able to nail it every time.
     
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    by eapj » Jan 15, 2019
    I look forward to seeing the finished product, @tonielle! Your CAD looked great. And $300 less - wow.

    Curious to know if anyone else has tried Provence?
     
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    by tonielle » Jan 21, 2019
    Got photos from Flora for my wedding set!!!

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    Photos and videos sent to me: https://imgur.com/a/m94BC2h

    The setting is definitely higher than I like, but it’s no biggy. I also like the prongs to be a bit more wider set in the profile view, but again, no biggy. Maybe it doesn’t look wide enough due to the height. It looks very similar to this ring https://www.instagram.com/p/Bmte1FVg-ou/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1ukbzhhhi9d3m which is higher set, and I think it’s gorgeous!!

    The video of the 2 rings together made me say “ship it!” It looks beautiful together and the prongs and height didn’t bother me anymore lol
     
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    by eapj » Jan 22, 2019
    @tonielle - it’s gorgeous! I can see why it’s set the height that it is. If you’re good with it, that’s all that matters. It’s so pretty.
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 23, 2019
    So I got a quote to have Provence make this ring with YG and their synthetic rubies. I only asked for half eternity, but they didn't mention that in the quote so I don't know if the quote was for full eternity or half. In any case, I thought the price was pretty good. Has anyone looked at their ruby selection? I don't know a lot about rubies, but I thought they looked nice. I have seen a couple of folks on Reddit get rings from them with colored stones, and they turned out great. Also another question (which is unrelated)--anyone here have a Provence OEC?
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 23, 2019
    I LOVE this. Love how substantial the band is. It honestly seems hard to find anything more than about 2-2.5mm from US vendors (thinking Etsy mostly). And the price definitely cannot be beat.
     
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    I haven’t seen their colored stones or OECs but am also curious!
     
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    by eapj » Jan 23, 2019
    The longer I have this, the more I love it. It’s substantial and dainty at the same time but doesn’t get lost on the hand. I’m really happy I got it!
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 24, 2019
    Hello. I was searching on Alibaba and stumbled on Provence gem. Sent them a picture to see if they could make a ring and the price seemed good. I'm having a OEC 8mm moissanite stone put in. My inspiration
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 25, 2019
    I love your ring! It's so pretty! Hope to see pictures when you get it!
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 25, 2019
    I received pictures and a video of my ring today. I had two bands made for either side of the ring temp-184582415.jpg
     
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    Hopefully this video works:)
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 25, 2019
    Oh wow, looks great! The set fits together perfectly!
     
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    by eapj » Jan 25, 2019
    Beautiful!
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 26, 2019
    @jrzgrl1119 Did you get any pics or video of your loose OEC before they set it? They have an OEC video on Alibaba, but TBH, it is kind of hard to make out the center of the stone in that video.
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 26, 2019
    I did not. After I had the video sent to me I asked for confirmation that it was OEC. Flora responded that unfortunately there had been a mix up and a hearts and arrow had been placed in the setting. Lesson learned, I should've asked for a video. She offered to have it swapped but it would have to be after the holiday. OtgeOther I could have the extra money I paid for the OEC refunded. I opted for the second option. At first I was disappointed. I've never seen an oec so maybe I wouldn't like it? Oh well. It should be here on Tuesday
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 26, 2019
    Ah, I see. Well, your ring is very beautiful with the H&A! Totally true that the OEC may not have ended up being your thing, that’s a good way of looking at it. With the H&A, it looks to be pretty identical to your inspiration. :love: And who knows, maybe there will be a future project for an OEC if you still want one.
     
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    by Lanasiv » Jan 26, 2019
    How much did they quote you, if you mind sharing.
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 27, 2019
    Sure. The price range for the ring on Alibaba is $180-255, and Flora quoted me about $200 + shipping. I believe I have read there is also an Alibaba fee in the 3-5% range, though I can’t remember exactly how much.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    by tonielle » Jan 27, 2019
    Your rings look great! It seems like they do really well with complex designs! How long did it take from initial payment until ship date for you?

    I swear this process has felt soooo long for me lol! I made a deposit on Jan 4 and they shipped it Jan 24. According to the tracking I should get it tomorrow (Jan 28 )
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 28, 2019
    It's very similar dates for me as well. It has seemed like a long process. ETA is the 29th for my ring!
     
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    Finally got my rings in!!!! I love the set so much!

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    Photos and video here:
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    Just wanted to add that everything seems to appear bigger in photos and video, and flaws are exaggerated and more noticeable. All of the small issues I had with the original videos and photos they sent me were not noticeable when I saw my ring.

    Everything was perfect and the proportions look great!

    So glad I went with Provence as opposed to Tianyu. I didn’t like the shape of Tianyu’s cathedrals. They were flat and flounder-like and I don’t have that with this ring!
     
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    by bbk0885 » Jan 28, 2019
    Fabulous! Sooo pretty! They did a great job bringing your inspiration to life!
     
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    by tonielle » Jan 29, 2019
    The ring is gorgeous but unfortunately my skin is sensitive to the texture of the side stones :( I should have went with 1/2 eternity instead of 3/4 lol
     
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    by jrzgrl1119 » Jan 29, 2019
    I imagine that would be a common irritation. Did you have both rings made at 3/4? Hopefully you'll be able to adjust
     
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    by tonielle » Jan 29, 2019
    Yes, I originally wanted 1/2 but didn’t like how it looked on the cad. I asked just for the wedding band to be made 3/4 as that would spin more, but they ended up making both 3/4 which I was pleasantly surprised about! It looks great, though my finger feels sore and bruised :( I didn’t think it’d be an issue because I am used to wear rings doing everything. Never had stones go past 1/2 the band though. Live and learn.

    I wonder if there’s anything to be done to make the stones feel “smoother”
     

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